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the susquehanna river keeps rising and that means more water fleeing past the dam and into the towns down stream. we'll tell you how havre de grace is coping. before the waters hit us the susquehanna has devastated communities. and we return to the severe weather we have been dealing with all week. enough already. the dam on the susquehanna river more than 40 of the 53 flood gates are open and enough water to fill 7 olympics sized pools in a second are flooding the streets. if worrying about the chesapeake bay during storms isn't hard enough the
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susquehanna makes it more challenging. she has crossed over the river and now in port deposit. >> reporter: i want to step out of the way and show you the emergency effort going on here. you can see crews are in one of the lowest lying areas here in port deposit. they are going up to residents homes and making sure they are out of here and evacuated for the situation that can happen overnight. we traveled to route 242 from havre de grace into port deposit. the water is creeping closer and closer to homes and businesses. i want to take you to water street right there in havre de grace where the folks have the best view. there is a high price for paradise. several hundred people have been given the evacuation order but they were back today checking on their property. as you have been hearing wyatt
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everhart tell us we are still looking at nearly 10 feet above flood stage. barbara colins isn't taking any chances. >> the street would fill up and go back down and then we went in for maybe an hour. we came up and it looks like this. >> since we are down stream of the dam we are directly impacted. we are one of the three municipalities situated down stream. we are definitely directly impacted by it. >> reporter: they certainly are. for safety reasons bge has spent the day shutting off the power to several hundred customers in havre de grace that number may go up if the situation gets worse and the water reaches higher ground. coming up at 6:00 we are going to tell you more about the evacuation order in havre de grace. we'll also tell you how some of the businesses along the main street area are doing as this river continues to rise. back to you. >> thank you very much.
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a look now at how our neighbors to the north are fairing with all of that flooding. a look along the susquehanna tonight. >> people from upstate new york all the way to maryland are watching the waters rise. let's take a look at different area to our north. this is yardly, pennsylvania, where everyone is keeping a close eye on the delaware river. a state of emergency has been declared for the state as water rises nearly to the roof level. several major roads are closed as officials wait for the water to recede. governor combo took another tour of the battered area. homes, businesses, everything in the water's path is simply soaked. that car right in the ditch. in lancaster, pennsylvania, a house down the river right into a bridge. just amazing video out there. and lee is being blamed for 11 deaths, four in the gulf coast and seven in the northeast including a small child who got
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caught in a storm drain. >> don't forget to log on to our website for continuing coverage of the flooding conditions. you can check out the home page for the latest information. click on the traffic tab for live cameras and updated road closures and delays. click on the weather tab for live interactive weather. and stay with abc 2 news for continuing coverage of the susquehanna flooding. we will have an abc 2 news special report tomorrow morning beging at 6:00 a.m. with live reports from port deposit, havre de grace and along the susquehanna river. speaking of susquehanna, a few stats for you. 23 and a half feet is flood stage. we reached that days ago. it did reach the highest point earlier this morning. 10 feet above flood stage. down almost a foot at 3:30.
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major flooding forecast tonight into the day tomorrow. major still tough times along the mighty susquehanna. not much new rain coming down in the last hour or two. closest rain now up towards chambersburg, parts of pennsylvania that do not need it. it was the pennsylvania water shed that helped fuel the floodingism this evening 70s muggy. a flash flood watch. any shower that does develop could cause flash flooding. the ground is saturated. with more on the situation across the state lynette charles standing by. >> we are not done with the flooding. we going to get high tides this evening. let me show you what is going on as we go through the rest of the evening weroom looking at boley bar at 6:12. havre de grace 8:34 this evening and port deposit at 8:45. fort mchenry had theirs a few
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moments ago. definitely looking at more flooding due to the fact that we will see more rain in the forecast. you are going to talk about that later. as of monday check out these rainfall totals. close to about a foot of rain in clarkville. over 11 and a half inches. and 8 and three quarter inches in savage and over 8 inches at vwi. we are going to talk more about that and have your forecast coming up. let's send it back over to josey. >> for those living in the southwestern part of the us last night lot a lot of fun. millions were plunged into darkness after officials say a worker made a mistake. how one small move created a giant problem. and the president presented his latest ideas on how to fix the unemployment problem in the us.
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a massive power outage left 6 million people in the dark.
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officials are blaming worker error. the tougher task will be determining why one substation was able to bring down a huge part of the power grid. the power outage left just the lights of cars visible and made a miserable night for millions. >> no air conditioning. it feels like a million degrees. the cats are miserable. what can you do? >> officials assan arizona worker was trying to remove a faulty piece of equipment. when workers tried to repair that a transmission line connecting arizona to southern california was severed. power was restored this morning. in texas 1400 homes have been destroyed and two people killed in wildfires. one fire outside of houston has spread over 3 counties. a texas forest service official says they have a dc10 jetliner prepared to drop restareddant.
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there is an urgent need for a federal disaster declaration to help fight the fires. we need jobs. that is the message from president obama. one day after his speech to congress and the nation the president is drupping up support for his jobs plan. we are live from dc with the latest. and a show like you have never seen before is is coming to abc 2 news. it is called right this minute aimed at bringing you tomorrow's viral video first. we'll talk to the correspondents coming up. this is delicious, i think the baby's are going to love this. [ male announcer ] you love the taste of 2% milk.
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but think about your heart. 2% has over half the saturated fat of whole milk. want to cut back on fat and not compromise on taste? try smart balance fat free milk. it's what you'd expect from the folks at smart balance. right this minute is coming right here. it is a new show that high liths citizen journalists. >> reporter: tell us about right this minute, what we can
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expect when the show airs starting on monday. >> it is a brand new take on news. as we know a lot of people go to the internet, social media and things like twitter to find out what is going on and what is going on right this minute. we are going to bring all of that to one show, all of the videos that people are talking about, the videos that make us laugh and warm our hearts. we are going to bring it all to one source. we get to talk about and then we talk to the people in the videos and find out how it happened. what happened after, how it got started, the questions we all ask if we are talking about a video that we just got e- mailed. >> that seems to be the way it goes. there has been a move to move things over from broadcast meetia into the social media integrating the two. that seems to be the direction we are going with this. >> i think so. i have been blogging about what is on social media and the
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internet for about 5 the fact t incorporating it is no surprise to me. so many people get the news via twitter. i think it is only a matter of time before newspaper and tv has to say there is something out there. we need to see how people are getting their news. they are not just getting it in one place. we spend hours with lots of staff members working behind the scenes trying to find out what people are going to be talking about at the water cooler. we ask those questions that people want to know like who shot that video or why was that guy on the motorcycle riding on the edge of a cliff. we track those people down and ask them why were you riding down the edge of a cliff. that is what people want to know. >> this is one of your areas of expertise. you are seeing some of this and seeing shings that are shot
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brilliantly and some things that need a little tweaking. >> i think what's been great about some of the video that we have seen is you are getting the cameras. technology has become easier to use. people do have a much greater knowledge about how to capture their stories. we are getting excellent video off for internet. they are editing it. we talked to one guy who shot some celestial scenery. it looked like the guy had access to the hubble telescope. when you get to talk to these people it adds that whole level and makes the story complete. we're going to be -- when you get a message on your facebook page and it says look at this video hopefully those videos are going to come from our show. >> gale, beth. >> talking dogs. love talking dogs. beth, nick and gale thank you for your time.
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right this minute begins airing september 12 right here on abc 2. thank you for the time. now maryland's most powerful doppler radar. >> murky, moist. pick the road. it is still wet out there from all the rain we have had. we had some foot of rain across much of baltimore since monday. 80-degrees. humidity at 80%. take a look at this. we are down from our peak flood this morning. you can see the susquehanna still extremely swollen and this river is going to continue to surge its way right down through the gates and over the dam there, through the dam and finally the waters making their way out to the chesapeake. a huge surge coming down the pike still. we are flooded by about to 9 feet above normal. around 1 to 2 inches.
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most of this from earlier this morning. west of dc not as much rain since midnight. odington had unbelievable flooding here over the last couple of days. as we look at maryland's most powerful radar still wet weather in pennsylvania. most of our state still relatively dry. most of our state not getting new rain but watching for runoff that can trigger some flooding. 80 now and most spots never above 80 or so. most spots never out of the 70s. so humid. moisture levels through the roof. across the region we have a couple of showers mainly north of the state. here is what is left of lee churning out over the midwest. that is good. continues to pull away. katia still churning up the ocean and still huge swells coming into the beach. the ocean is just churning around these storms. that is going to kind of take a
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day or two to die down. we will still have beach erosion and a few showers possible saturday and sunday. quick check of the tropics. you talk about the atmosphere just almost gyrating with activity right now. you have tropical storm maria out here off of puerto rico and then tropical storm nate. we think this stays down in mexico for the most part. maria will take a track somewhat like irene meaning it will come through the bahamas. we think she will headache the turn to sea. it is still too early to say. 64 tonight. could see a few showers from the humidity and the moisture in the air could help fuel showers. that could last into sunday. for game day week we keep the chance for showers in on sunday. i don't think we will see a lot of rain. we could see scattered showers and maybe a thunder shower saturday and sunday afternoon. we will be drying out next week. that is a good thing after all the rain we have seen.
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thanks. last night the president unveiled his jobs plan to the nation before a joint session of congress. the details of the plan will be laid out in the coming days but already this plan is generating allotted of reaction from both sides of the aisle as well as from the republican presidential candidates. >> reporter: this is policy of course but it is also politics. today president obama launched a campaign styled tour to promote his jobs plan and started in richmond, virginia. >> the time for grid lock and games is over. the time for action is now. the time to bring jobs is now. if you want construction workers on the work site pass this bill. if you want teachers in the classroom paz this pass this bill. >> let's look at whereempts he is going. ohio next tuesday.
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north carolina next wednesday. what do these have in common? these are swing states in the next election. speaking of that election the republicans running for president have come out against this jobs plan quickly on the attack. >> mr. president, what among your proposals was new? >> i had the sense we were watching ground-hog day. this is stimulus. >> common sense says if a trillion dollars didn't work $450 billion is not going to work. stop wasting the american people's money. >> reporter: does stimulus work or does it not? back to you. >> thank you very much. let's turn it over to rosy. how baltimore is reacting. and if you are looking for a way to show your support for those who gave their lives ten
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♪[music] ♪ god bless america land that i love. stand beside her and through the night with the light from above ♪ [music] ♪ >> it was a somber morning at the new york stock exchange as investors remembered victims of the 9/11 terror attacks. there was a moment of silence before the opening bell was rung by new york officials who were in office the day of the attack. a ceremony to remember those who died on september 11. two hijacked planes left from logan airport. families of massachusetts passengers and co workers of the boston based crews remember the ones they lost. >> the sadness never goes away and the shock eased a little. now is the time to reflect and
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remember on what can happen to our country. >> the wife of the late senator ted kennedy addressed the family as her husband did ten years ago. unc students remembered 9/11 in their unique way. thousands of students participated, each held a name. most of the students who participated were young on september 11, 2001 but say they remember the events vividly and honor those who stepped up to help. be sure to tune in for an abc 2 news special on september 11. you'll hear about the lives of those effected in maryland and how many are overcoming the tragedy from ten years ago. that is this sunday beginning at 5:30. live coverage of flooding in port deposit and havre de grace continues on abc 2 news at 6 which starts right now. you are watching the
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station that works for you. new -- abc 2 news at 6. we are live in port depositerate there is good news at the susquehanna. >> and people in havre de grace are just bracing for what is coming from the susquehanna. we are live there, as well. and the newest credible threat of the terrorist attack on september 11, the anniversary of september 11 named new york and washington. baltimore in the middle. what is maryland doing to prepare? >> the rine continues to fall on and off. it is bringing with it more flooding and more damage all along the susquehanna river basin. port deposit and havre de grace are at the end of the line. things could have been much worse if it were not for the efforts of authorities at the dam

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